A Party for Annie

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A Party for Annie

“Annie wants a birthday party with balloons. Six year olds like pink cake and ballerinas,” Jill instructed, her voice trailing off in a drug induced slumber.
Owen peered over the bed rail at his crumpled wife and he dialed his sister’s cell phone.

Answering on the first ring Cheryl’s speech was pressured, “Tell me it isn’t time. Oh God, no. It’s snowing but I can get there.”

“No, stop. The doc says she has three days. Will you make a ballerina cake for Annie’s birthday?’

“Of course but her birthday isn’t until June.”

“Tomorrow, we will have a party tomorrow at the hospital park. Jill can see it from her window.” he sobbed.

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50 responses to “A Party for Annie

  1. Sad, but beautiful story, Tracey. I’m glad Jill can be a part of it in her last hours.

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  2. Very emotional, you’ve done a great job here. You can picture Jill on her bed giving instructions and the sad anticipation of her loved ones.
    KT

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  3. Great story! Bit heart string pulling but we all like that

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  4. lovely! Its one those that gives you a sudden choke to your heart!!

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  5. Such a sad story. And so bitter sweet, having the party early so mum can see it.

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  6. Dear Tracey,

    Gut wrenching story. I’ve seen a couple like them in the news lately. I can’t imagine what the parents go through. Beautifully written.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  7. Oh Tracey. This one cuts to the core. What parent wants to leave too soon? My friend got married earlier than she originally wanted to so that her mother could be there. Beautifully written.

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  8. Lovely! And as you said, who knows what or who our last thoughts will be full of.

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  9. To love another beyond your pain … mama’s love.

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  10. Pass the Kleenex. My shirt sleeve is getting soggy. I hope no one walks in and catches me like this. Is this Highway to Heaven? Where’s Michael Landon?

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  11. Belinda Crane

    This is an absolutely beautiful story.

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  12. Sigh. That was touching. A love that’s heavenly…

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  13. Very sad. I can’t do this kind of story. Well done.

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  14. Such a moving story…

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  15. It’s touching idea but won’t everyone know why and react accordingly at the party? “We’re having fun now ‘cos Mum’s dying.”
    Poignant piece.

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  16. Terrific and story of a family crisis.
    (I think it would be improved without the word ‘he sobbed’. The reader already knows he feels bad.

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  17. I guess you have to celebrate life while you still have it, right? That will be one sad June…

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  18. My box of tissues is running out. I love this but than I wish it wasn’t so. I’m so glad it’s fiction. But, then again, it could happen. So sad …. well, written. 😎

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  19. So beautiful and sad. And the love shines through strongly, these will be memories to cherish for those left behind.

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  20. So heart touching and sweet. Love how they are having her Birthday party early for her mother. Reminds me of a movie I saw where someone was dying in the movie so they had Thanksgiving and Christmas early and treated it like it was really Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sad.

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  21. Heartbreaking but understandable story, Tracey. So well written. —– Suzanne

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  22. This is heartbreaking, such a sad but beautiful story.

    Like

  23. Beautiful story. So sad, but there’s something uplifting about it, too.

    Like

  24. Heartbreaking ideas. You’ve portrayed their relationship beautifully.

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